Syria Used Chemical Weapon; Iran Threatened by Cyber Attacks; Russian Military Satellite
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on September 27 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Pompeo: Syria used chlorine in Idlib chemical weapons attack
The United States has concluded that President Bashar al-Assad’s government used chlorine as a chemical weapon in an attack in May against rebels in Idlib, announced Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday, according to CNBC.
“The Assad regime is responsible for innumerable atrocities some of which rise to the level of war crimes and crimes against humanity,” Pompeo said. “Today I am announcing that the United States has concluded that the Assad regime used chlorine as a chemical weapon on May 19.”
In May, the US received multiple reports that appeared to indicate chemical exposure after an attack by Assad’s forces in northwest Syria but had not made any definitive conclusion as to whether chemical weapons were used.
Syria denied that it launched a chemical attack at the time, but a UN panel has attributed over two dozen chemical attacks to the Assad regime over the course of the country’s civil war, according to NPR.
Iran checks cyber security at key energy sites, eyes US threat
Iran has launched an inspection of security at its key Gulf oil and gas facilities, including preparedness for cyber attacks, the Oil Ministry news agency SHANA said, following media reports of Washington weighing possible cyber attacks on Tehran, Reuters reports.
US media reports have said the United States is considering possible cyber attacks against Iran after the Sept. 14 attacks on Saudi oil sites which US officials have blamed on Tehran. The Islamic republic has denied being behind the raids which were claimed by Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group.
Pirouz Mousavi, head of the Pars Special Economic Energy Zone (PSEEZ), inspected the area and met senior managers, including those in charge of cyber security and emergency response, SHANA said on Wednesday.
The PSEEZ was set up in 1998 to develop the oil and gas resources in the South Pars field, the world’s largest natural gas reservoir. The offshore field is shared between Iran and Qatar, which calls it North Field.
Russian military satellite enters designated orbit
A Russian military satellite launched from the Plesetsk spaceport in north Russia on Thursday separated from the Fregat booster and entered the designated orbit, the Defense Ministry’s press office reported.
“The Fregat booster has successfully delivered the satellite into orbit in the interests of the Defense Ministry of Russia,” the press office said in a statement.
The Soyuz-2.1b launch vehicle blasted off from launch platform No. 4 of site No. 43 at the Plesetsk cosmodrome at 10:46 a.m. Moscow time. The payload assembly of the Soyuz-2.1b medium carrier rocket comprising the Fregat booster and the satellite separated from the rocket’s third stage in the normal regime at 10:55 a.m. Moscow time as scheduled. The Fregat booster fired its engines to deliver the satellite into orbit.
The flight tests of Soyuz-2 carrier rockets began at the Plesetsk spaceport in November 2004. Over 15 years, Russia has conducted 40 launches of Soyuz-2 carrier rockets of modernization series 1a, 1b and 1v. This is the fourth launch of the Soyuz-2 carrier rocket from the Plesetsk space center in 2019.
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Source: Reuters, MEMO, TJP